2010 · [San Francisco]
The monotypes of palm trees are reproduced as high resolution digital prints on transparency film. The monotypes lay over the words of the poem which have been set letterpress to follow the shape of the palm tree trunks - the words of the poem climbing the trees. When one shines the flashlight on the tree and through the opening at the back of the book the light projects mysterious shadows of trees against the the luminous night sky. There are several ways to orient the book, much as the poem offers subtly varied interpretations. It can be set on its side which presents the type reading from left to right (rather than up and down) but results in the trees having fallen." (n. b., from the web site of Charles Hobson.)
___DESCRIPTION: Self wrappers, Strathmore 2-ply museum board and acid free foam core with architectural model trees, housed in a wooden box, illustration inlaid to the underside of the lid and the inside of the box, foil stamped title to the outer edge of the box, palm tree illustrations made as monotypes and reproduced as high-resolution digital prints on transparent film, Poppl-Laudatio type, 16 pp., limited edition, number 17 of 30, signed by W.S. Merwin and Charles Hobson. With prospectus, a pamphlet-stitched booklet with seven pages, with colour photographs of the book.
___CONDITION: This copy is like new, with all the delicate pieces perfectly intact, including the instruction inserts, separate title leaf, and inserted print, leaves are bright, hinges strong, there is a small finger print on the colophon that appears to have happened during production, otherwise a beautiful copy, a unique way to read Merwin; fine. The prospectus is fine, clean, without wear but for very shallow creases at the corners.
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